Wolf Pack women can't get season sweep of UNLV in 67-58 loss

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Trailing by 20 at halftime, the Nevada women’s basketball team outscored UNLV in the second half but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as the Wolf Pack fell by the final of 67-58 Wednesday night.

The Lady Rebels (11-16, 9-7 MW) led by as many as 25 at one point, but the Wolf Pack (10-16, 6-9 MW) was resilient in the game, clawing its way back in the second half. UNLV came out strong in the first quarter, using a pair of 8-0 runs to claim a 21-8 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Lady Rebels played well in the second quarter as well, holding Nevada to 10 points to take a 38-18 lead into halftime.

Nevada played right with UNLV in the third quarter, beginning to slowly chip away at the deficit. The Pack outscored its opponent by two in the third, but it wasn’t until the fourth when Nevada started to make some noise. Momentum started to shift Nevada’s way at the 9:02 mark after freshman Essence Booker got a layup to fall that cut the deficit to 14.

UNLV’s lead hung right around the 12-14 point range for most of the quarter, until the Lady Rebels hit a fast break layup with 2:03 left to stretch it back out to 17. The Pack really started to make a run from that point on, scoring the game’s next nine points. A pair of free throws by Booker with 38 ticks on the clock brought the Pack within eight. Needing to foul though, UNLV’s Jordyn Bell was sent to the line, hitting 1-of-2 to make it a nine-point game once again. Nevada got the shots it wanted to in the last 30 seconds but just could not get them to fall, sealing the win for UNLV.

Nevada had three score in double figures, led by senior Terae Briggs’ team-high 14 points. Booker, a Las Vegas native, finished with a career-high 13 points, hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Senior Jade Redmon scored 11 in the game, extending her streak of consecutive games in double figures to 23. Redmon scored all 11 of her points in the second half. The Lady Rebels outrebounded the Pack in the first half, but Nevada finished the game ahead in that category, 30-27.

Nevada returns to Lawlor Events Center for its final two regular season home games, beginning with a 1 p.m. contest this Saturday, March 2 against Utah State.

Postgame notes
-Nevada is now 10-16 overall and 6-9 in Mountain West play after suffering a 67-58 loss to UNLV Wednesday night.
-The Wolf Pack trailed by as many as 25 in the game and cut it to nine, outscoring the Lady Rebels 40-29 in the second half.
-Freshman Essence Booker, a Las Vegas native, scored a career-high 13 points. Booker was 3-of-5 from the field and hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She added four rebounds and an assist to her night.
-Senior Jade Redmon extended her streak of scoring in double figures to 23 games with 11 points tonight. She is the only player in the Mountain West to score in double figures in every game they’ve played in.
-Senior Terae Briggs also reached double figures, scoring a team-high 14 points.
-The Pack trailed in rebounds at halftime, but outrebounded the Lady Rebels in the end, 30-27.
-UNLV made five 3-pointers in the game, while the Wolf Pack went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.
-The all-time series between Nevada and UNLV is now 36-11 in favor of the Lady Rebels. UNLV snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack.